Pence Ought to Quarantine, Not Debate, Professional Says

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Oct. 7, 2020 — Vice President Mike Pence ought to be self-quarantining moderately than attending tonight’s debate in Salt Lake Metropolis with Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, Rochelle Walensky, MD, mentioned throughout a press briefing held Wednesday by the Infectious Illnesses Society of America (IDSA).

Primarily based on media reporting and TV photographs from final weekend’s White Home occasion within the Rose Backyard, Walensky mentioned it seems Pence was sitting for longer than quarter-hour inside 6 ft of people that subsequently examined constructive for COVID-19. Consequently, she mentioned, he meets the CDC definition for being uncovered to the virus.

“Primarily based on that, I believe he ought to observe the CDC steerage to quarantine,” she mentioned. “To quarantine means he’d be at residence and never out or about for 14 days after that occasion, which takes him past the vice presidential occasion tonight.”

Walensky, who’s chief of the infectious illnesses division at Massachusetts Basic Hospital, added that by attending the talk, Pence is inserting plenty of different individuals in danger.

“For Vice President Pence to get to the talk tonight, there are a lot of individuals he must be involved with. Individuals who will drive his automotive, who will fly his airplane, who work in lodges — all these individuals will probably be uncovered, not simply Senator Harris. That’s why I discover it essential that he observe CDC steerage, ” she mentioned.

In a memo released Tuesday, CDC Director Robert Redfield mentioned that after session with White Home physician Jesse Schonau, MD, the company determined that “the vice chairman just isn’t a detailed contact of any recognized individual with COVID-19, together with the president.” Due to this fact, the memo mentioned, Pence, who examined unfavorable Tuesday for COVID-19, can safely take part in tonight’s debate.

The memo outlined shut contact as being “inside 6 ft of an contaminated individual for a minimum of quarter-hour ranging from 2 days earlier than sickness onset.”

The principally maskless gathering within the Rose Backyard to introduce Supreme Court docket nominee Amy Coney Barrett to about 150 attendees is suspected of being liable for a COVID-19 outbreak, in response to the Washington Post.

Eventually depend, at least 14 or 15 people linked to the White Home have become infected, Walensky mentioned. All of those individuals ought to be in isolation for a minimum of 10 days, she famous, and anyone who got here involved with them ought to be quarantined for 14 days.